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Friday, July 12
 

3:00pm

The Doctor is In (ET)
Moderator: Maya Preisler

Our panelists discuss how making the Doctor female has changed the show (for the better?) and what we hope to see in the future.


Guests
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines... Read More →
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JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
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Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
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Darin Kennedy

Literary Guest
Darin Kennedy, born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is a graduate of Wake Forest University and Bowman Gray School of Medicine. After completing family medicine residency in the mountains of Virginia, he served eight years as a United States Army physician and wrote his... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

6:00pm

Neil Gaiman on TV (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

Good Omens and American Gods take the creative and unique worlds of Neil Gaiman and try to translate them to the small screen. Our panelists engage the audience as we discuss the two series, their similarities and differences and if the tv shows capture the essence of the author.


Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
avatar for Janet Iannantuono

Janet Iannantuono

Fan Guest
Janet Iannantuono is a convention runner, Star Wars collector, and all-around fan. As a child in 1977, Star Wars combined her interests of mythology, science fiction, fantasy, and the adventure stories of Jules Verne and Edgar Rice Burroughs. Forty years later, her Star Wars collection... Read More →
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Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →
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Jennifer McCollom

Media Arts Guest
Professional make-up artist Jennifer McCollom got her start in Theater both throughout high school and college. A graduate of UNC Greensboro with a BA in Theater and minor in physics and has worked in the film industry since 1991 with Taking Liberty filmed in Winston Salem, NC. Then... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Friday July 12, 2019 6:00pm - 6:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

9:00pm

Is the Movie Ever Better Than the Book? (AP)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

We've all seen films made by people who seem to have never read the source material. Occasionally you get a film that actually improves on the original. Why is it so hard to adapt books to screen and how have some pulled it off?

Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
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Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
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DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 9:00pm - 9:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre

10:00pm

Oh, the (Folk) Horror! (ET)
Moderator: Bill Mulligan

Our panelists discuss films that utilize folklore and paganism to tell their story. For example: The Witch, Wicker Man, Wake Wood, The White Reindeer, A Field in England, Night of the Demon, Apostle, ​and ​​​Blood on Satan's Claw. 

Guests
avatar for Bill Mulligan

Bill Mulligan

Media Arts Guest
Bill Mulligan is a high school science teacher with a love for horror films, comic books and special effects who had the good fortune to find kindred spirits in Sanford, North Carolina. 13 years, 5 feature films, nearly 2 dozen short films and a whole bunch of podcasts and convention... Read More →
avatar for Jason Gilbert

Jason Gilbert

Literary Guest
Jason is the author of The Clockworks of War series, The Rifle Chronicles, and Wolfbane: The Coldstone Files. His stories are Alternate History with an Urban Fantasy and Horror element set in worlds of the supernatural, and sometimes involve steam and gears! You can check out his... Read More →
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Tally Johnson

Literary Guest
Mr. Johnson is a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and Wofford College with degrees in history. He is the author of Ghosts of the South Carolina Upcountry, Ghosts of the South Carolina Midlands, Ghosts of the Pee Dee (all for The History Press) and he also has a story in An... Read More →
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Kat Milby

Costuming Guest, Side Quest Cosplay
Kat Milby is the soft materials side of the casual cosplay duo, Side Quest Cosplay. As a geek, pop culture addict, and fiber artist, mixing historical fashion with cosplay is her current favorite cosplay trend. With over 25 years of experience in sewing costumes, pattern hacking and... Read More →
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 10:00pm - 10:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

So Bad, They're Good (ET)
Join members of the cast of Charming Underclothes as they talk about cult films – from The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Clue to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.



Guests
avatar for Charming Underclothes

Charming Underclothes

Performing Artists
Charming Underclothes is a movie recreation performance group that brings films to life! Shadowcasting, as it's called, is a midnight movie phenomenon that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. We began conquering castles with our RHPS debut on February 26, 2016, in Roanoke... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre

11:00pm

Stranger Things (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

The third season of the American science fiction-horror web television series Stranger Things started last week. What do we know so far? What do we hope to see this season?

Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Christian

Alexandra Christian

Literary Guest
Alexandra Christian is an author of mostly romance with a speculative slant. Her love of Stephen King and sweet tea has flavored her fiction with a Southern Gothic sensibility that reeks of Spanish moss and deep-fried eccentricity. Her guiding principle as a romance novelist has always... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Givens Kurtz

Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz's short stories have appeared in over 40 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax's Daughters... Read More →
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Friday July 12, 2019 11:00pm - 11:50pm
Kittinger
  • Set Up theatre
 
Saturday, July 13
 

1:00pm

Classic or Kitschy: How Films Age (AP)
Moderator: Gary Mitchell

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Matrix, Galaxy Quest and more are all 20 years old. How do these movies stand the test of time or change how we view movies today? Are they now "cult" classics?

Guests
avatar for Gary Mitchel

Gary Mitchel

Fan Guest, RevolutionSF
Gary Mitchel is a writer, reviewer, geek blogger, voice actor, gamer, sf/fantasy fan, comics reader, podcaster and International Man of Mystery (who's too dangerous for the entire country of Canada) currently living near Atlanta. He is co-host, with Deanna Toxopeus, of the Parsec... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan

Literary Guest
Patrick Dugan is the author of the Darkest Storm series. The first book in the series, Storm Forged, debuted in May 2018.  Storm Forged is a near future dystopian super hero novel that follows Tommy, a powered individual as he fights to save his father from being killed on TV.  The... Read More →
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines... Read More →
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Chris Shrewsbury

Fandom Guest (Because “Hilarious and Sexy Amputee” isn’t a category. Yet.)
Chris has volunteered, paneled, guested, staffed, and been committee at literally dozens of cons along the east coast for 30+ years. He's a nationally certified sign language interpreter, working in entertainment, education, medical, and government settings.Following Navy service... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

8:00pm

The End of Game of Thrones (AP)
Moderator: Maya Preisler

The final season of Game of Thrones has ended. How did they do? Knowing that the TV show may not impact the books, what did you like about the series? What made GOT
popular?

Guests
avatar for Maya Preisler

Maya Preisler

Artist Guest
Maya Preisler is a professional artist, blogger, editor, and gamer with twenty-four years of convention experience. She is a published illustrator whose art has been featured at various art shows and conventions. Her poetry and writing have been published in various literary magazines... Read More →
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Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Hendricks

Jenny Hendricks

Dimensional Riffs
Jenny Hendrix is the lead singer for Dimensional Riffs and a full time nerd. Loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter, LOTR, The Marvel Universe, and much more. 
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Saturday July 13, 2019 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

10:30pm

The Orville: From Fart Jokes to Extermination (AP)
Moderator: JT the Enginerd

The Orville has had 2 seasons and been renewed for a third (on FOX, no less!) Our panelists talk about the show, its unique blend of comedy and drama, the characters, the storyline and how it compares to classic shows like Firefly and Star Trek.

Guests
avatar for JT the Enginerd

JT the Enginerd

Science Guest
JT the Enginerd has a background in Engineering from Virginia Tech but jumped ship slightly in order to teach Engineering Design at the high school level.  She has been teaching two levels of engineering for the past six  years and is currently working on obtaining National Board... Read More →
avatar for Nickie Jamison

Nickie Jamison

Literary Guest
Nickie Jamison is the secret identity of Ora J. McGuire. She is a writer of LGBTQ+ erotica and romance blended with sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. Ora’s hobbies include gaming, fan-girling, and doing marathons…on Netflix. She also vlogs about life, makeup, and KonMari decluttering... Read More →
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Jason Graves

Literary Guest
Jason is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select non-fiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid... Read More →
avatar for DJ McGuire

DJ McGuire

Dimensional Riffs


Saturday July 13, 2019 10:30pm - 11:20pm
Provincial
  • Set Up theatre
 
Sunday, July 14
 

11:00am

Captain Marvel: Superhero (AP)
Moderator: Samantha Bryant

Let’s discuss Marvel’s front and center female superhero. Our panelists discuss the importance of women telling those stories (Wonder Woman, for example) and what the audience liked or didn’t like about the story.


Guests
avatar for Samantha Bryant

Samantha Bryant

Literary Guest
Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret superpower is finding lost things. She writes because it’s cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun. She’s best known for her Menopausal... Read More →
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Carol Cowles

Fan Guest
Carol Cowles - Carol has long been a fixture of Geek Culture in Charlotte. She has served for several years as the Programming Director for ConCarolinas and worked the Carolina and Arizona Renaissance Festivals for 15 years. She also podcasts – she is Carol the Cat on the weekly... Read More →
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Literary Guest
Nicole Givens Kurtz's short stories have appeared in over 40 anthologies of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Her novels have been finalists for the EPPIEs, Dream Realm, and Fresh Voices in science fiction awards. Her work has appeared in Stoker Finalist, Sycorax's Daughters... Read More →
avatar for Violette Meier

Violette Meier

Literary Guest
Violette Meier is a happily married mother, writer, folk artist, poet, and native of Atlanta, Georgia, who earned my B.A. in English at Clark Atlanta University and a Masters of Divinity at Interdenominational Theological Center. Writing since her preteen years, she has written over... Read More →
avatar for Leann M. Rettell

Leann M. Rettell

Literary Guest
Leann M. Rettell was born and raised in West Virginia but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, three children, three crazy dogs, and two aloof cats. She is the author of the Conjuragic Series and the upcoming Dream Thief Series published by Falstaff Books. She has dreamed... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Victorian A
  • Set Up theatre

1:00pm

We Are Not Okay - The End of Supernatural - Friends and Fans (AP)
Moderator: Gail Z. Martin

For 15 years, fans have followed the Winchester brothers and "Baby" to hell and back, with angels, devils and monsters all fighting for their souls or worse. From the cast who are active on social media and at cons around the word to fans who've added their own stories in the form of cosplay, artwork, fan fiction, commentary, videos, and filmmaking, this series has created an impression. Join the conversation.



Guests
avatar for Gail Z. Martin

Gail Z. Martin

Literary Guest
Gail Z. Martin writes urban fantasy, epic fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Falstaff Books, SOL Publishing and Darkwind Press. Urban fantasy series include Deadly Curiosities and the Night Vigil (Sons of Darkness). Epic fantasy series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles... Read More →
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Lilith

Charming Underclothes
I play the role of Rocky and Stripping Crim for Charming Underclothes and performed Trixxie, Crim, and Dr. Scott since 2011 in Washington, DC before moving to Roanoke in 2015. I also run registration for Mysticon. I am into tabletop gaming and WOW. While not performing I am in school... Read More →
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Lynnia Ruby

Charming Underclothes
I am into all things dark. I am also a nerd. I love video games, reading, and I do a lot of cosplaying on a budget.
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Alex Matsuo

Literary Guest, Association of Paranormal Study
Alex Matsuo is an actor, dramaturg, playwright by day, and a podcaster, paranormal researcher and author by night. She is the founder of the Association of Paranormal Study, which specializes in private home investigations and consultations. Alex was recently featured on Travel Channel's... Read More →


Sunday July 14, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Boardroom
  • Set Up theatre